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Commando Raid

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Released: 1982

Genre: Shoot-’em-up

Format reviewed: Atari 2600

Publisher: QuelleSoft

Developer: Vidtec

Submitted by: Hagen Dragmire

Commando Raid on Atari 2600 is one of those really good games that not too many people know about. Manning a turret, your goal is to protect the nearby buildings and shoot down enemy helicopters and paratroopers. If the paratroopers manage to get past your defenses though, they will destroy your buildings and begin tunneling underneath. If the enemy manages to tunnel beneath your cannon, they can detonate a bomb and the game is over.

Commando Raid makes the most out of the Atari 2600's limited graphical capabilities. The main backdrop is a gorgeous sunset that reminds me a lot of Chopper Command for the same console. The gameplay is fun, addicting and requires strategy and skill. Highly recommended.

In the early Nineties a similar game called Night Raid was released for the home PC. If you are a fan of Commando Raid, hopefully you can track down this shareware title online for free. It stays true to the Commando Raid formula while adding a few of it's own elements as well.